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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Unabashedly hokey, but would you want it any other way? In an era of cynical junk (did anyone say “Bad Boys II”?), Ross restores the good name of crowd-pleasing. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Ross surrendered himself to the tale, lavishing time on the characters, getting the period details right and making the races look authentic. The result is a faithful, loving piece of work, and the love shows. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Fortunately, a movie that needs some levity gets a comic boost from William H. Macy as a fictional racing handicapper from the golden days of radio. As if training a horse, Macy cues us to laugh every time he's on screen. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    For all its pictorial splendor and carefully calculated drama, this film misses greatness by a country mile. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The three (human) leads are perfection. Bridges' Howard is as breezily garrulous and glad-handing as Cooper's Smith is laconic and withdrawn. Maguire's Pollard has haunted eyes and orangey hair that makes him look like a human jack-o'-lantern, and establishes his own unique rhythm and less-is-more style. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    This rousing story of the comeback colt comes close to a modern-day Frank Capra film without the pandering or mawkishness. Yes, it's a bit hokey, but if you fight the movie's gait you'll miss the excitement of the race. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Actors dominate with finely nuanced performances where every scene feels dramatically right. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A grand ride. Sleek, beautiful and packed with emotion, not too flashy but full of heart, this is a movie worthy of its unlikely yet glorious subject: Depression-era America's best-loved racehorse and the two races that made him a legend. show more

  • 100
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A thrilling, beautifully crafted, fact-based horse story that's not merely the summer's finest movie, but may well be the one to catch come Academy Awards time. show more

  • 100
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Seabiscuit revives the sweeping pleasures of movies that address and respect the mass audience, raising the common denominator instead of pandering to it. This crowd-pleaser rouses honest and engulfing cheers. show more

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